Local News

  • Emergency preparedness class offered

    The city of Brighton Office of Emergency Management provides planning, training, exercises and educational outreach programs related to natural and man-made disasters to assist and prepare citizens, government agencies, and private/non-profit organizations prior to, during, and after a local emergency or disaster.

    Be Ready Class

    This is the eight-hour basic awareness class that briefly discusses the

    importance of emergency preparedness for individuals and families. Topics include

  • Tragedy strikes local family twice


  • City adopts Derby urban renewal plan

    COMMERCE CITY – In continuing plans to improve the Derby area, the City Council adopted the first reading of a Derby urban renewal plan Jan. 5 that will aid property owners and the city in redevelopment efforts.

        Following state law, a study of Derby determined that areas of the neighborhood meet several factors of blight, including deteriorated structures and sites; unsanitary or unsafe conditions, inadequate public improvements or utilities; and unsafe or unhealthy buildings.

  • One dead, one hurt after collision

    ADAMS COUNTY -- The Colorado State Patrol continued its investigation into a collision early Sunday morning that killed one person and injured another.

    The individual who died was 20-year-old Samantha Harvel from Northglenn. The young man, who sustained moderate injuries according to troopers, is 22-year-old Craig Stickels from Thornton.

    The incident happened near Interstate 76 and Interstate 270 about 2:30 a.m. The state patrol said a Mitsubishi Lancer was trying to make the turn from westbound I-76 and westbound I-270 when it left the road and hit a guard rail.

  • Facing a New Year
  • Veteran Hodge, newcomer Priola settle into new roles

    DENVER – She’s very familiar with the grounds of the state Capitol. After all, Mary Hodge was a representative for four years.

    But this month, Hodge moves across the hall and becomes a state senator. She replaces former state Sen. Stephanie Takis, who was term-limited.

    Kevin Priola isn’t quite as familiar. He was elected to his first term as a state representative in November. But he may get his share of experience between now and May when the Legislature adjourns after its mandatory 120-day session.

  • Jim Nelms, former city councilman, dies at 85

    BRIGHTON — Former mayor and Adams County Commissioner Jim Nelms lost his battle with cancer last week. He was 85.

    His death came exactly two weeks after Brighton city councilors agreed to place a plaque in his honor on Brighton Memorial Parkway. Nelms was too frail to attend the meeting. But several spoke on his behalf, including farmer Bob Sakata and former mayoral opponent Ken Mitchell. All hailed Nelms for his work to make Brighton a better place.

    Sakata personally delivered the news to Nelms of his honor after the meeting.

  • Smoke from Boulder fires comes to area

    The smell of smoke in the air is from a pair of grass fires in Boulder County.

    Media reports say the two fires have destroyed one house and are threatening a field of llamas. The fires forced the closure of U.S. Highway 36 from North Broadway to just south of Lyons.

    No word on the cause yet.

  • Waste not, want not

    ‘What East Cherry Creek Water wants to do to us is like somebody dumping their trash in your back yard. Just because it’s got trash in it already doesn’t mean they have the right to put theirs in, too,” said South Weld County farmer David DeChant, discussing plans by East Cherry Creek Valley Water District to dump millions of gallons of high salinity wastewater in Weld County.

  • Home for the Holidays

    All things being equal, Brighton’s Kim Ayers lives a pretty good life. She had a good job, great family and friends and a beautiful home. All that changed drastically this past November when current economic conditions reared its ugly head. Ayers was the manager of a local real estate title company. With the downturn in home sales she was laid off.